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District Receives Four Proposals for Long-Vacant Brightwood Housing Complex

Friday, August 8, 2008
Press Advisory for Immediate Release

(Washington, DC) – The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development today announced the District has received four proposals from development teams seeking to redevelop a long-vacant 26 unit apartment building at 6425 14th Street, NW in the Brightwood neighborhood.

“This property has been a blight on the neighborhood for more than 20 years,” Deputy Mayor Neil O. Albert said. “The response to our solicitation clearly shows that the development community -- just like the residents of Brightwood -- is eager to get this property back into productive use.”

Built in the 1950s, the four-story property was known as the Tewkesbury and has been vacant since the 1980s. During that time, it has been cited for more than 100 code violations. The District spent $3 million to purchase the property from Vincent Abell, who is one the 20 landlords the District sued in April for racking up serious code violations at their rental properties.

In May, the District issued a solicitation for a development partner for the 30,000 square foot property. The solicitation did not stipulate a preference for rental or for-sale housing, but it does indicate preference for senior housing or mixed-income housing. At least 51 percent of the housing units must be reserved for affordable housing.

The teams who responded are:

  • Blue Skye Development, LLC and The Educational Organization for United Latin Americans Spanish Center
  • 14th Street Partners
     oUrbanMatters Development Partners LLC
     oNorthern Real Estate Urban Ventures
     oEmory Beacon of Light, Inc.
  • Mi Casa, Inc. and PML Real Estate, LLC
  • Neighborhood Development Company

A partner could be selected by the end of the summer and the project could be finished as early as June 2010.